Father Sebastian, one of eight children, was born on January 11, 1967 to the late Francisco and Adoracion Bacatan. He entered the Alagad ni Maria (Disciples of Mary) Religious Community in the Philippines in 1985 and was ordained to the Holy Order of Priesthood in 1994 on his birthday. In the Philippines, he was active in a variety of ministries both in his religious community as well as in his diocese. He came to New York to study at Fordham University in 1998 and received his Doctoral Degree in 2007. He joined the Church of Saint Pius X in 2000 as an Associate Pastor and was appointed pastor in July 2010. To see Father Sebastian’s Curriculum Vitae click here.
Associate Pastor: Father Raymond Vijandre
Father Raymond, the middle child of Medel Vijandre and Felicitas Fernandez, was born on April 29, 1982. He became a member of the Philippine Alagad ni Maria ( Disciples of Mary ) in 1999 and was ordained to the Holy Order of Priesthood on December 5, 2009. Prior to his ordination, he served as an Assistant Formator of the Postulant, Alagad ni Maria Seminary. Shortly after his ordination, he was appointed the Novice Director of the Alagad ni Maria Novitiate House and Acting Prelature Youth Director of the Vicariate of RIN PULO of the Prelature of Infanta, Infanta, Quezon, Philippines. In 2011 and 2012, he served as the Pastor of St Isidore Parish, Patnanungan, Quezon, Philippines and headmaster of its diocesan school. In 2013, he was appointed as Pastor of Nuestra Señora dela Salvacion Parish, Jomalig, Quezon Philippines where he served until his appointment in 2016 as Associate Pastor of St. Mark and Holy Infant Jesus Cathedral, Infanta, Quezon Philippines. In January 2019, he came to the United States to serve as Campus Ministry Chaplain of Stockton University and Catholic Identity Director of Gloucester Catholic High School in the Diocese of Camden. For the past year, he has served as a Parochial Vicar of St. Simon Stock Parish, Berlin, New Jersey and Campus Ministry Chaplain of Stockton University. He joined the Church of St. Pius X to assist Father Sebastian as Parochial Vicar in July 2020.
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